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Metter combines three schools in one

METTER, GA (WTOC) -

After two years of planning and construction, Metter Elementary Principal Lesa Brown smiled as she walked with first graders through the halls of their new school.

The youngsters are the first first graders at the new school complex that covers Pre-K to eighth grade. 

"This is wonderful!" Brown said. "We've been so excited for a while and it's what we've hoped it would be."

Parents echoed the excitement. 

"It's great! It's much better than the other buildings," explained Cassie Miles, a mother with four children in grades two through eight. They moved to Candler County and she registered her students on the first day.

Those students would have previously attended three separate schools on different sides of town. All three opened in the mid 1900s.

"My husband's from here and he went there. And I think his parents did too," Miles said.

The complex cost $32 million and includes common areas for a lunchroom and media center. And it offers other functional points too.

"We have the classes of each grade on the same hall, that means teachers have more time for instruction," Brown explained.

Another addition is state of the art technology which works everywhere.

"In the old buildings, we couldn't get the kind of bandwith we needed. We had good internet in some places, but not in others. Now, we have the speed we need in each class and have five computers in each," she added.

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